Through exhibitions, programs and partnerships we strive to be an active community resource, connecting contemporary audiences to Esherick’s brilliant creations and the beauty of the everyday.
Fairhope Days | June 3, 2018 – September 2, 2018
It was Letty Esherick’s interest in progressive education that drew the Esherick family to Fairhope, Alabama in 1919. Fairhope, a “single-tax” community, left lasting impressions on the Esherick family and played a pivotal role in shaping Wharton Esherick’s artistic career. From lifelong friendships to explorations in the studio, Fairhope Days takes a focused look at the Esherick family’s time there and brings some of Esherick’s early work into the spotlight.
Exhibitions are displayed in our Visitor Center and are free to the public. Please note that this does not include entry into the Museum – for which admission and advance reservations are required.
Center for Creative Works Residency
In May of 2018, the Wharton Esherick Museum launched a new partnership with the Center for Creative Works, an art studio focusing on developing creative workplace potential and cultural identity for people with intellectual disabilities. During the residency, six artists from CCW will be on site weekly to draw inspiration from Esherick’s work through observation, sketching, model-making and discussion. With guidance from furniture makers Ken Burton and Walt Wynne the resident CCW artists will focus on stool design and construction, refining their style and technique at the CCW woodshop and facilities in Wynnewood.
Philly Touch Tours
With support from the National Endowment for the Arts and other generous funders, the Wharton Esherick Museum has engaged Philly Touch Tours to design, develop and host accessible touch experiences for people with vision loss. Philly Touch Tours LLC, founded in 2015, provides accessibility consulting and touch tour program design for museums and cultural institutions and Disability Awareness and Sensitivity Training for museum and cultural institution staff. Philly Touch Tours will, in collaboration with the Museum, design and facilitate touch tours, provide training for Museum staff and volunteers on leading tours for individuals with vision loss and produce Braille and large print materials. The program aims to inspire curiosity and facilitate a meaningful experience for people with vision loss, while disseminating information about The Wharton Esherick Museum’s history, its collection and its active engagement with the public.